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Chess Tournaments Without Studying Theory?
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What chess theory? How much theory? Back when I started playing in tournaments there was very little material to help learn "theory". What passed for theory was very basic information and simple ...

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Are there any tournaments that treat less-represented groups preferentially?
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No. Chess is a game of skill and everybody is treated equally. Because women tend to be weaker there are some women only tournaments. But for the other classes like you noted there is no real reason ...

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What are the pairing regulations for round-robin tournaments?
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For a round robin, the only rule is to ensure that everybody gets paired each round, or only one odd player is out and that changes each round. There is a simple formula to do it. It is different ...

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Are there women only tournaments for lower rated players?
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There is not that much demand. Tournaments are money making efforts for the sponsors. If you want to play at a low level then just enter an open section limited to the rating you can play at. ...

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I can't figure out how to find tactics
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Wrong objective. Lack of practice on good problems should trapping the queen ever be possible at all. There is no way to just plan moves to win their queen from the beginning of the game. Anyway ...

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Does it make sense for White to play as "Black" when he's lost the initiative?
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Makes no sense as stated. Either you have the initiative and use it to improve your position or you do not have the initiative and you are responding to the other players moves rather than forcing ...

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How can a Stonewall Attack player respond to 1. ... f5?
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I had people play this against me but instead of 4...f4? I play Nf6 and have done well. Maybe my opponents were not that good. Or maybe white really gained nothing with his bishop foray to KN5 so ...

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Playing the man, not the board
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Not sure who looks down their noses. I lost to an IM who played me not the board. He had helped me improve and he said players will always avoid a discovered check. In our game I knew the drawing ...

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How can I "see the board"?
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Practice. This may include other exercises outside chess to help your brain with visualization. Start with simple end games like KBN vs K and do a checkmate. You will be forced to visualize the ...

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A piece was knocked down during a blitz game
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At blitz you need to agree to whatever rules you are playing unless it is in an official tournament with stated rules. There is no rule until you all have established one. So none of those 'rules' ...

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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?
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The rating is not as important as their teaching ability and also their experience. Do they have a full curriculum that was developed and tested for teaching? They should probably be only about ...

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Is it OK to adjust your opponent's pieces, and what if he objects?
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You are permitted to adjust any piece when it is your move. If one opponent was careless and never centered a piece after a move there should be no problem if you adjust it. If the piece was ...

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Can a player be forced to neatly center their pieces on the board?
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No. That is subjective and personal. You may adjust anything during your move. You cannot make the other player adjust them to your liking. It would be interesting to see an adjustment battle ...

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Why have engines not increased top rated chess players' Elo?
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People are not computers. They learn and memorize as much as possible but they can not do as much as a computer can nor as fast. The top players are doing everything they can but they can not do it ...

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Would you look for mate, if tactics to win materials are easier to spot?
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In a fast time control I look to win. Mate is one way to win, but if it uses up time then I would take the easier faster way to win. OTB I would spend some time looking for a mate but would not ...

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Is there a name attributed to this type of checkmate pattern?
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The OP had two different patterns. One is simple mate with two pieces attacking two files. The other one is just a pin and a back rank rook mate.

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What is the advantage in knowing the fastest winning sequence if I can win with few more moves than fastest sequence?
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There is no advantage if your goal is to improve your OTB rating. The time wasted solving a problem in fewer moves would be better spent learning things that you could use in your games.

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Did Bobby Fischer actually write "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess"?
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Yes and no. I knew Fischer. I doubt that he was cabable of writing a book like that. What likely happened is that Two good , not great, players, who could write well, worked with Bobby and his ...

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How is this a “draw by three-fold repetition”?
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Your diagram does not work on my computer. Draw by repetition is when a player repeats the SAME POSITION 3 times. They do not have to repeat immediately during only three moves. Same means same ...

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Where did I go wrong this game?
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The move 12. Nh5, losing a knight, is what lost the game. The rest, as they say, is a matter of technique. If you thought that was a sound sacrifice then you need to study more openings and tactics. ...

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What is Black's best move in this position?
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Your best move is resign and start another game. If you insist on playing on the QxR on e1 is least worst. But after QxRwith check you will still lose the horsie, leaving you a Q and an exchange down.

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Loss to a master, where did I go wrong? Two knights 4.d3 (black)
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Positional play had some inaccuracies. Bf4 was a loss of tempo. Note that white morphed the position into a more Ruy like formation which is positional. The two knights tends to be more tactical ...

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Analysis of a position of a low rated player in order to improve
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I would worry more about looking at GM games to get a feel for what good moves are. Also look at typical bad things beginners do; but do not worry about analysing bad games as that is not really ...

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Online Sites For Earning Money Through Chess
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Not by playing. And cheating is rampant so you would be a fool to try that. If you want to make money there are a few sites that help connect teachers to students. Both local students as well as ...

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What should my plan be in this middlegame?
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Did you have a plan? Later at move 19ff I would not have gone at the King side but would have been active on the Queen side and center. Earlier as noted above Nc6 was not good. Just play Qd7 ...

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Ways to quickly beat beginners
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Play less usual non book lines he would have memorized. Be aggressive. VERY aggressive. Wait for a mistake. Then crush him. And if no 'mistake' you should have a winning attack. Maybe worst case ...

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Getting the most out of chess books
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The simple correct answer is get better books that match your needs. At your level you need opening PRINCIPLES not openings per se. And a lot more practice with fundamentals. Also do tactics like ...

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Books for beginners who have hard time understanding positions of pieces?
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You can find very basic beginners books that will give you some information. Usually for one or two specific openings. They won't really tell you why explicitly the way the OP states it, but will ...

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Is it inadvisable to analyze or play long chess games on a smartphone?
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Advisable to use smartphone? Not really. Okay occasionally if you must look at a position. As you noted a PC is more helpful to seeing the board and planning your moves. I have found no ...

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Do major chess publishers use custom software for typesetting chess books?
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All publishers have their own software and standards for publishing. Are you self publishing and printing your own book? If not then you must ask whoever will print or publish the book what their ...

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